Date/Time Event
Monday, 5th June
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Teachers are despised in this country: teachers' work and status since the 1960s, with Professor Ken Jones

In association with the University of Nottingham School of Education, Centre for Arts, Creativity and Literacy.

The words are those of Professor Jane Miller, written in 2016. They address what she sees as the current situation of teachers. Are they true of the present? And how do they apply to the past, even in the ‘golden years’ of progressive education? Ken Jones will talk about teachers’ changing experience of work, as well as the public understanding of that experience.

Ken Jones is Senior Policy Officer for the National Union of Teachers and Emeritus Professor of Education at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Free event. Information and registration here…

Venue: Room A32, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, Nottingham
Tuesday, 6th June
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Henry Normal: Photos With My Son

staring_directly_at_the_eclipseWith the aid of family photos, Nottingham-born poet Henry Normal performs a poetic journey celebrating life with his autistic son, Johnny. Based on the acclaimed BBC Radio 4  show A Normal Family, Henry looks at the truth of this experience and finds joy and positivity.

Best known for co-writing The Royle Family and producing TV comedy such as Gavin and Stacey and the film Philomena, this is Henry doing what he does best, telling a story with humour and heart.

Tickets £10 / £7 concessions. Book here…

Venue: Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
Wednesday, 14th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Book Launch: "Belief" by Chris Parker

Belief by Chris ParkerFour months have passed since merciless serial killer Ethan Hunt was captured. In that time Nottingham-based Marcus Kline has been caring for his cancer-stricken wife, and trying to rebuild his life, and the lives of those around him. But Ethan’s daring escape from custody threatens not just Marcus’ safety and peace of mind, but his very sanity… Belief is Chris Parker’s thrilling sequel to the bestselling Influence. Can Marcus Kline call on all his considerable powers of influence and persuasion to once more triumph over his deadly nemesis?

Free, please reserve your place.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 24th June
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lowdham Book Festival's "last Saturday" bookfair and events for adults and children

Throughout the day the Village Hall hosts a café run by mmm… deli. The book fair is spread over the Village Hall, a marquee behind the hall, and assorted gazebos. It features
publishers, charities, book trade organisations, booksellers with new and second-hand books, and cards. Free author talks and talks about books will go on throughout the day.

Talks include: Michael Eaton on Charlie Peace, James Wright on historic graffiti, Eleanor Morgan on spiders, Martyn Bennett on Oliver Cromwell, Trish Nicholson on storytelling, Deirdre O’Byrne on Jane Austen and masculinity,  and there will be readings from Henry Normal, Mahsuda Snaith, Anthony Cartwright, Peter Bland, Rennie Parker, Deborah Tyler-Bennett.

The children’s tent will feature storytelling and music on the theme of fairy tales.

Entry is FREE to the book fair and all events. No tickets required. More information about Lowdham Book Festival here…

Venue: Lowdham Book Festival, Lowdham Nottinghamshire
Monday, 26th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group, discussing I Saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti

I-Saw-Ramallah-by-Mourid-Barghouthi-book-coverIn 1966, the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti, then 22, left his home in Ramallah to return to university in Cairo. The Six-Day War prevented him returning to his homeland for 30 years. This book is his account of his homecoming to a city changed beyond recognition, and his journey through the Occupation-scarred city, revisiting his home, familiar haunts, and family. He must come to terms with his years of exile and his permanent homeless status.

Does “this eloquent, incisive book [make] you want to quote large chunks of it”? Is it “a book that sheds light on Palestine, and … an insight into the lives of people denied a home”? Does it “do more to raise sympathy for the Palestinian cause than a thousand suicide bombs”?

Free, refreshments provided. Please let us know if you’re coming.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 29th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Poetry Launch: Mr Universe by Rich Goodson, with Maria Taylor and Roy Marshall

Goodson-Taylor-MarshallRich Goodson’s debut chapbook Mr Universe is out in June 2017 from Eyewear.

​His work’s been described by George Szirtes as: “convincing and compulsive, original, adroit and dramatically exciting.”

In Mr Universe you’ll find his poem ‘Pine’ which won the Stonewood Prize in the Aurora Writing Competition 2016 (judged by Pascale Petit). You’ll also find ‘Daniel Craig: The Screensaver’ which was quoted in The Observer newspaper and is anthologised in The Poetry Of Sex (Penguin) and others which have appeared in print magazines such as The Interpreter’s House and Under The Radar.

Rich is joined by fellow poets Maria Taylor (Melanchrini, Nine Arches) and Roy Marshall (The Sun Bathers, Shoestring).

Free, refreshments provided. Please let us know you’re coming.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 11th July
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Joanne Limburg: The Autistic Alice

The Autistic AliceJoanne Limburg will be in conversation with independent publisher Ross Bradshaw of Five Leaves and reading from The Autistic Alice (Bloodaxe), her latest collection which examines her own experience of autism and the loss by suicide of her brother.

 Joanne has published poetry, fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children. Her memoir, The Woman Who Thought Too Much, explored her experience of OCD and anxiety. She has recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Kingston University, on the subject of sibling suicide loss. Her creative project Small Pieces: A Book of Lamentations will be published by Atlantic Books this July.

£8 / £6
Booking advised
Adults. 16+ (Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)

Venue: West Bridgford Library, Nottingham